Countdown to Victory
October 12, 2012: 25 days until the election
National debt: $16.168 trillion

  • In VP debate, Paul Ryan holds Obama administration accountable
  • Sen. Blunt announces Missouri Farmers & Ranchers for Romney coalition
  • NRA endorses Todd Akin
  • National Review highlights Ed Martin campaign
  • Companies linked to McCaskill received $40M in taxpayer subsidies
  • New evidence of Chris Koster’s pay-to-play corruption revealed
  • Jo Ann Emerson’s Picnic is this weekend
  • In other news
  • Upcoming events
  • Thoughts & Prayers

In VP debate, Paul Ryan holds Obama administration accountable:
Like Mitt Romney last week, Paul Ryan made the choice in this election crystal clear.  Despite Vice President Biden’s rude and repeated attempts to interrupt and disrupt, Congressman Ryan held the Obama administration accountable for the failures of the past four years—on jobs, the stimulus, Obamacare, government spending, and foreign policy.  With a strong command of the issues, Ryan effectively made the case that to change the direction of the country, we need new leadership—otherwise, the next four years will look like the past four years.
Sen. Blunt announces Missouri Farmers & Ranchers for Romney coalition: At an event in Springfield this week, Senator Roy Blunt launched the Missouri Farmers and Ranchers for Mitt Romney coalition, citing the burdensome impact of the Obama administration’s agriculture policies for Missouri’s farm families.  Blunt, who was joined by coalition co-chairs Blake Hurst of Tarkio and Dale Ludwig of Linn, noted that “Agriculture is a key economic driver in our state and nationwide, but unfortunately, the Obama administration’s reckless policies have created more uncertainty for farm families in Missouri and across America.”  Read more:

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NRA endorses Todd Akin: The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund has endorsed Todd Akin for US Senate.  Akin has received an “A” rating from the NRA, while McCaskill has received an “F.”  Chris Cox, Chairman of the NRA-PVF, declared that “Todd Akin has a proven record of defending the Second Amendment… The choice is clear in this election. Todd Akin will support our Second Amendment freedoms and hunting heritage. Claire McCaskill will not. We urge all NRA members and gun owners in Missouri to vote Todd Akin for U.S. Senate on November 6.”
National Review highlights Ed Martin campaign: The conservative publication National Review highlighted Ed Martin’s campaign in a feature called “Attorney General Races to Watch.”  From the piece: “This race seems to be capturing more national attention than most… [Martin] promises to fight alongside other conservative AGs who are challenging the national government’s overreach. And a scan of his resume explains why leaders like Rick Perry and Marco Rubio are endorsing him: He has served in leadership positions for the Club for Growth, the Missouri Roundtable for Life, the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the Federalist Society, and the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners.  He has also distinguished himself in public service, having served as a law clerk to Judge Pasco Bowman on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and as Chief of Staff to former Governor Matt Blunt.” Read more.
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Companies linked to McCaskill received $40M in taxpayer subsidies:  One week after it was revealed that Claire McCaskill’s network of companies received $1 million in stimulus funds, the Associated Press reported that companies linked to McCaskill have received $40 million in taxpayer subsidies since she took office.  What’s worse is that Claire McCaskill, a former prosecutor and auditor, is not ashamed of the fact that she has repeatedly voted for the very funding that has been directed to her husband’s network of companies.  It is stunning that someone who has spent years acting as an ‘ethics cop’ would be involved in this kind of self-dealing. Read more:

New evidence of Chris Koster’s pay-to-play corruption revealed:  
From an Ed Martin release: “Damning new evidence has emerged to prove once again that Chris Koster is engaged in corrupt pay-to-play activities as Attorney General. An official state expense report filed by Koster reports a trip from Jefferson City to St. Louis for a ‘Meeting with Express Scripts Executives’ on August 30, 2011 with expenses paid by Missouri taxpayers. Two days later, on September 1, 2011, Chris Koster reported a $10,000 donation [from Express Scripts] to the Missouri Ethics Commission.”  Read more.
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Jo Ann Emerson’s Picnic is this weekend:
Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson’s 16th Annual Old Fashioned Family Picnic will be held this Saturday.  The Picnic will be held at the Plaza by Ray’s and feature a host of Republican elected officials and candidates, including State Auditor Tom Schweich, Dave Spence, Peter Kinder, Ed Martin, and Cole McNary. Doors open at 4:00 PM, and the program starts at 5:00 PM.  For more information, call 573-335-0033.
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  • October 16: Presidential      Debate
  • October 22: Presidential      Debate
  • October 31: Last      day to request an absentee ballot by mail.
  • November 5: Last      day to request an absentee ballot in person.
  • November 6:      Vote!

Thoughts & Prayers

  • Congresswoman      Vicky Hartzler’s father-in-law, Jay Hartzler, passed away last weekend.       Read more here.
  • Secretary      of State candidate Shane Schoeller’s mother, Donna Lipe, passed away this      week.  Read more here.
  • Gasconade      County Presiding Commissioner Ron Jost lost his six month battle with      cancer last night.  Funeral arrangements are pending, please keep the      Jost family in your prayers.